I'm aware of this other quesion, but it doesn't answer with regards to usb-tethering:

Which method of wireless tether uses the least amount of power? Bluetooth or Wifi?

I'm going to use my android phone for tethering, so I can use the connection in my laptop. All following options are available on my phone:

  1. usb tethering
  2. bluetooth tethering
  3. wifi-tethering

However, I would like to know the most efficient method in terms of power consumption. This article tells me that usb is the least expensive and wifi the most in terms of power consumption. Is that true?

2 Answers 2


Yes usb tethering is the most efficient method as compared to other methods. It can be used to charge your phone while working. Wifi tethering consumes too much battery and bluetooth tethering is very slow.


Your question has some ambiguity. Bluetooth is a more energy efficient protocol than wifi. USB hardly uses any energy for the data protocol.

However, with USB the laptop can charge the phone, as is mentioned here before. From the point of view of the phone, compared to bluetooth and wifi, the phone's power consumption with usb can be negative.

From the point of view of the laptop, the USB method can consume MOST power, if you include the charging current. This can be an issue if you run the laptop on battery power.

The total power consumption of laptop and phone is another issue, that you probably are not interested in.

  • Much better answer. +1
    – HasH_BrowN
    Nov 10, 2014 at 22:36

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